Timothy H. Scherman
Associate Chair, English Department; Audrey Reynolds Distinguished Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-5817
American Literature and Culture; Literary Theory and Criticism, Material Culture
Courses Taught
ENGL 210: Literary Methods and Practice (WIP)
ENGL 218: Survey of American Literature, Beginnings to 1865
ENGL 219: Survey of American Literature: 1865 to present
ENGL 345: Practical Criticism
ENGL 368: American Realism
ENGL 372: American Women Writers of the Nineteenth Century
ENGL 378: Twentieth Century Fiction I
ENGL 410: Literary Methods and Practice
ENGL 430: Seminar on Literary Criticism and Theory
ENGL 484: Seminar on US Literature After the Cold War
ENGL 487: Material Culture
Research Interests
U.S. Literature and Culture; History of Authorship and Publishing; Women Writers of the 19th Century, Material Culture

Ph.D. (American Literature) Duke University

Selected Publications

The Selected Works of Elizabeth Oakes Smith, edited and annotated, with an introduction, 3 vols (forthcoming, Mercer Press, 2023-2024)

2020     section editor and author, “Elizabeth Oakes Smith 1806-1893—American novelist essayist, lecturer, poet and short-story writer,” Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism vol 387, Layman Poupard Publishing, LLC: 95-177.  

2020     “Poe, Pandemic and Underlying Conditions,” PopMatters, May 26, 2020: https://www.popmatters.com/poe-pandemic-and-underlying-conditions- 2646000879.html

2017     “Eluding the Authorities: Tom Waits in Postmodern Context,” PopMatters, January 9, 2017: https://www.popmatters.com/feature/tom-waits-eluding-the-authorities/

1993    "The Authority Effect: Poe and the Politics of Reputation in the Pre-Industry of American Publishing," Arizona Quarterly 49/3 (Fall 1993): 1-21.

1992   "Translating From Memory: Patrick Modiano in Postmodern Context," Studies inTwentieth-Century Literature 16/2 (summer 1992): 289-303.

Additional Information

Scherman is the founder and current president of The Elizabeth Oakes Smith Society (501(c)3).  

Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 442-5817
Office Hours
Spring 2024 Student Hours
Tuesday and Wednesday: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m.-noon
Class times excepted.
Or by appointment. Email the day before to schedule at t-scherman@neiu.edu.
Main Campus